“Abdul Aziz – the gentleman from Afghanistan who features in the Bristol Bike project short film – is being threatened with being returned to Afghanistan against his wishes and fears that he will be tracked down and executed by the Taliban if he returns.” (Bristol Bike Project)
This is a bike blog and I have no desire to get political on it but it can’t hurt every now and then. I do not want to see Abdul returned to a country where the Taliban have threatened to remove his head from his body, I’m sure that it’s very important for the government to return people to their death but I welcome everyone to ‘my country’. When I was working as a community development officer I met a lot of refugees and not one of them was a scrounger like a lot of British natives, in fact, they were all highly skilled and had fled their country in order to simply stay alive. People that formerly worked as university professors, accountants and self employed builders were struggling to live on absolutely no money at all but they didn’t complain, they were just happy to live free from oppression.
Abdul’s story is not unique, people in his situation are being rounded up and shipped out of this country daily and I don’t like it, I don’t like it at all. If you have an ounce of compassion in you please sign the petition to keep him here where he can ride his bike free from land mines, snipers and roadside ambushes!
To hear about everything he has been through watch this excellent short film about the Bristol Bike Project.